Maine Natural History Observatory

Censusing and Monitoring the Species and Habitats of Coastal Maine

Maine Bird Atlas 2018-2022

   The Maine Bird Atlas is a project of Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, in partnership with Maine Natural History Observatory, Maine Audubon, and Biodiversity Research Institute.  The project will be run over five years (2018-2022) and will engage the efforts of numerous volunteers.  The initial focus of the project will be on Maine breeding birds with efforts to map distribution and abundance of species in every corner of the state.  The first Maine bird atlas project spanned from 1978-1983 and focused solely on the breeding birds of Maine.  The new Maine Bird Atlas will duplicate and expand upon that earlier work, giving conservationists not only a complete guide to Maine bird species but also an opportunity to track how populations have changed.  This will help determine conservation priorities for years to come.

Ways to support the Maine Bird Atlas

  • Sponsor a Species

A great and fun way to support this landmark project is to Sponsor a Species.  Each of Maine’s 224 breeding bird species have been divided into sponsorship levels ranging from $30-$2,000 and are available to sponsor for each year of the project. All donations will be used to support the Maine Bird Atlas project.

Learn more about Sponsor a Species

  • Merchandise

Buy functional and fashionable items bearing the Maine Bird Atlas logo including stickers, hoodies, travel mugs, phone and laptop cases, totes, notebooks, and more.  They are guaranteed to be great conversation starters.  Your purchases support the Maine Bird Atlas and will also help us spread the word about this project.  

Maine Bird Atlas Merchandise

  • Volunteer Birding

Do you have a bird feeder?  Do you like to explore Maine's great outdoors?  Wheather you are an avid birder, a hiker, a sportsman, or see the occasional bird in your back yard, you can contribute important data to the Maine Bird Atlas.  Go to the Maine Bird Atlas website to learn more about how to get involved.  

Learn more about Volunteering for the Maine Bird Atlas